Minister of Natural Resources Cordel Hyde will be holding land clinics out west. According to Hyde there are thousands of persons who are trying to either get a piece of land or straighten out their land issues.
Hon. Cordel Hyde, Minister of Natural Resources: “I was supposed to go to Cayo tomorrow but unfortunately I can’t. We have more consultations tomorrow so I think I’ll go to Cayo next week. That’s the plan at this moment unless something unforeseen takes place.”
Reporter: Are you able to say how many persons, first land owners have registered to receive land at the Lands Department ?
Hon. Cordel Hyde, Minister of Natural Resources: “Quite a lot. It speaks to how much deprivation and how much inequity exists in this country, where a handful of people have a lot of land and ordinary people don’t and you know we welcome the fact that people want to sign up for land. We welcome the fact that so many of our people are coming forward to make us know that they don’t have land and they need land and we ask them for patience and for time as we try to find where exactly these lands are available; our people in the ministry have been tasked with finding that out. I’m hoping to get a report over the next few days as to where exactly in the Belize district the closest we can find from Belize City lands exist and we’ll make that available freely and fairly to all those people who don’t have land. We’ve not been asking for any minister’s letters, we’ve stopped that so people can freely apply but we beg of people to not congregate so much at the offices in such massive crowds because it’s just not healthy. Over three hundred people have died from COVID, none of us are insulated from that. Hopefully by next week we’ll have an online opportunity where people can apply and don’t have to go to the office and we’re also going to establish a kind of a drop box system where you can pick up an application, fill it out and drop it back without having to stay in those long lines. We ask people please be patient, we’re working overtime on that. That’s the mandate of this government; to make sure that we make lands available to first time land owners. That’s our absolute priority and that’s what we’re going to deliver on.”